Finalists Announced for 2021-22 Laura Hurd Award
Given to AHCA Division III Women’s Player of the Year
Nine players who have distinguished themselves on the ice in 2021-22 have been named finalists for the 2022 Laura Hurd Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division III women’s ice hockey player in the country. Due to Covid-19, the award was not presented in 2021. The list of finalists includes two finalists from 2020: Plattsburgh senior forward Annie Katonka and Middlebury senior forward Maddie Leidt.
All come from the United States, including two from Minnesota. It is an experienced group, with one junior, seven se- niors and one graduate student. There are eight forwards and one goaltender.
Sponsored by the American Hockey Coaches Association, the Hurd Award honors the memory of former Elmira College standout Laura Hurd. A 2005 graduate of Elmira, and a four-time All-American, Hurd died in an automobile accident shortly after graduation. She was the recipient of the AHCA Player of the Year Award in 2005.
The recipient of this year's Hurd Award will be announced on Thursday, March 17.
Finalists for the 2021-22 Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women’s Ice Hockey College Division Player of the Year
Eliza Beaudin, SR F, Elmira
(Lewiston, ME) NEHC Player of the Year
Shana Cote, SR F, Suffolk
(Broomfield, CO) CCC Player of the Year
Callie Hoff, SR F, UW-River Falls
(Hermantown, MN) WIAC Player of the Year
Annie Katonka, SR F, Plattsburgh State
(Pittsburgh, PA) NEWHL Player of the Year
Madie Leidt, SR F, Middlebury College
(Des Moines, IA) NESCAC Player of the Year
Sophie Rausch, JR F, Hamline University
(Fergus Falls, MN) MIAC Co-Player of the Year
Georgiana Santullo, SR F, Utica University
(Woburn, MA) UCHC Player of the Year
Brandi Wilson, SR F, Trine University
(Fenton, MI) NCHA Player of the Year
Ary Ziakas, SR G, St. Mary's University
(Palatine, IL) MIAC Co-Player of the Year
|Past Winners of the Laura Hurd Award|
|2002||Sarah Moe||Gustavus Adolphus||Forward|
|2007||Andrea Peterson||Gustavus Adolphus||Defense|
|2016||Michelle Greeneway||Lake Forest||Forward|
|2017||Dani Sibley||UW-River Falls||Forward|